In a recent “Dennis the Menace” comic, Dennis is seated in church beside his father. He looks up and says, “Is it OK if we leave at half time?”

While there is no half time in a typical church service, sometimes people do check out. If worship is to be viable we must remain fully engaged, and those of us who lead must strive to keep people engaged.

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A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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